Monday, January 28, 2013

Teach when you find, find when you teach

Hello Everyone!

We are working with Luz as she gets ready for her baptism this Saturday.  She had her interview yesterday, and is super excited for her baptism!  So are we!  Luz is super ready to be baptized, and it is a great privilege to be with her as she covenants with her Father in Heaven.

On Tuesday, we contacted a referral from our zone leaders.  They called us up, and told us about this super awesome person that they had just met.  His name is Miguel.  They told us that they had met him, and that he was super excited about learning more.  Of course, they didn't speak Spanish, and he didn't speak English, so there was a language barrier.  But they told us that they had given him a Book of Mormon in English and pointed to it, and said Jesucristo, Jesucristo es en el Libro.

We had some time that day, so we went up to that area, and contacted him a few hours after they did.  So we get there and Miguel answers the door, and he was an elderly man.  We begin to talk with him, and he says, "Usteds son muy bonitas -- Y'all are very pretty."  We tell him that the muchachos had come by and that they had told us to come by as well, and we give him a Libro de Mormon.  He says, "Si, los muchachos me dijeron que unas mujeres muy bonitas van a venir -- Yes, the young men told me that some very pretty women were going to come by."  Hermana Powell said that she was certain that the elders hadn't told him that we were pretty.
Anyways, we both knew that we were in a completely awkward situation, and that we need to leave as soon as possible.  But before we can do anything, he asks us how old we are. He then asked me if I was married, and I said no, I'm a missionary.  We then quickly read Alma 7:11-12 with him, and started to try to get a closing prayer.  He kept asking us which book in the Bible it was in, and we kept telling him that it was a different book.  We tried to explain the difference between the Book of Mormon and the Bible, but frankly after the forth or fifth time, we just didn't care anymore.

Then he goes to hug us, and Hermana Powell, quickly jumps in and says, "Oracion, necesitamos tener una oracion.  -- Prayer, we need to have a prayer."  We have a quick prayer, and leave as quickly as we can.
Thank you elders for referring us to a senile old man who was trying to flirt with us!  :)  We decided that we aren't going back, and if Miguel does come to church and shows some interest, we are going to make the spanish elders teach him, even though he is a little bit out of their area.

We were able to teach a ton of lessons, we just didn't have many exchanges with us, so our numbers took a hit this week.  However, we felt like lesson teaching machines.  We were teaching and teaching and teaching some more.  Now, all we need to do is find quality investigators.  We know that the more lessons we teach, the more poeple we find, the more investigators we are going to have, and the more people who are eventually going to get baptized.  But right now we are still on the "teach when you find, find when you teach" step, and really we are just on the "teach when you find" part.  We are still working on the "find when you teach."  :)
Hopefully everything is going great for y'all back home!

Tenga un buen dia!

Hermana Julie Anna Sanchez

Some more time with Victor's longhorns! :)


This is a recipe from Hermana Portillo, and is from Honduras.
Make a dough with maseca, water, and  shortening.
Form the dough into little plates. 
Put cheese or meat inside, and squish up the sides of the plates into a bag.
Remove the excess dough, and pat into a circle (like making a tortilla)
Fry each side, serve with cabbage and salsa.

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